A poem and a puzzle

This is a portion of a poem in praise of Mohammed, his army and jihad, composed by Ka’b b. Malik prior to the siege at Ta’if in Arabia, about two years prior to Mohammed’s death (1):

Our leader (Muhammad) the prophet, firm,
Pure of heart, steadfast, continent,
Straightforward, full of wisdom, knowledge, and clemency;
Not frivolous nor light minded.
We obey our prophet and we obey a Lord
Who is the Compassionate, most kind to us.
If you offer peace we will accept it
And make you partners in peace and war.
If you refuse we will fight you doggedly,
‘Twill be no weak faltering affair.
We shall fight as long as we live
Till you turn to Islam, humbly seeking refuge.
We will fight not caring whom we meet
Whether we destroy ancient holdings or newly gotten gains.
How many tribes assembled against us
Their finest stock and allies!
They came at us thinking they had no equal
And we cut off their noses and ears
With our fine polished Indian swords,
Driving them violently before us
To the command of God and Islam,
Until religion is established, just and straight, and
Al-Lat and al-‘Uzza and Wudd are forgotten
And we plunder them of their necklaces and earrings.
For they had become established and confident,
And he who cannot protect himself must suffer disgrace.

In other words, submit to us or we will attack you with ruthless cruelty using foreign technology which we are incapable of making ourselves, until we have forced our religion upon you. Then we will plunder your wealth because we are bullies or, to use an equivalent modern term, fascists who believe that might is right and if you can’t protect yourselves (from us) then tough.

Remind you of anyone? Yes, it’s got to be IS, the organisation of random psychopaths with no connection to the peaceful religion of Mohammed.

It’s a puzzle isn’t it?

(1) Alfred Guillaume The Life of Muhammad. A translation of Ibn Ishaq’s Sirat Rasul Allah


3 thoughts on “A poem and a puzzle

  1. Bunyip

    Yes, it’s a mystery as to why the poet described Mo as “continent”. Since this is likely not a reference to Mohammad’s ability to control his bowels, I can only assume that rape, sex-slavery, temporary and first cousin marriages, multiple wives and the “thighing” of prepubescent girls represented an actual improvement in moral standards in 6th and 7th century Arabia.
    Today, most Muslims are so embarrassed by Mohammad’s sexual exploits, that they’d rather kill you than talk about it. Now that’s truly puzzling…

    Hi ECAW and Baucent :) Love your work.

    1. ECAW's blog Post author

      Bunyip! Great to hear from you.

      Yes, they’d rather kill us than talk about quite a lot about Mo and his loopy creed. It doesn’t encourage self reflection or insight at all does it? Just the primitive psychological mechanism of projection. One recent example is the Islamic Human Rights Commission (snigger) giving it’s first posthumous Islamophobe of the Year award to Charlie Hebdo. Do you laugh, cry or just shake your head?

  2. Baucent

    Well it’s clear as mud init? ISIS, Boko Haram et al are merely closely following the model of the prophet himself. In effect they are disciples of the original Islam. But I believe Counter-Islamists make a tactical error in trying to prove these groups as “Islamic”. That simply leads to an endless debate with scholars over interpretation of texts. The issue is “the terrorists are MUSLIMS”. That cannot be denied as the threshold for being a Muslim is low (ie believing in Allah and that Mo is his prophet). The argument need to switch from trying to prove they are Islam inspired to being muslim terrorists. The scholars and apologists can’t deny they are muslims, they might say they are “bad muslims” but muslims they remain. And that defines the problem of terrorism as being a muslim problem that other muslims need to front up to solving.


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